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Investing in a Workforce Fit for the Future

Date: 16 Sep 2015

Poor employment outcomes for people with long-term health conditions contradicts the fact that many people with such conditions are able and motivated to work – what is lacking is the right support to enable them to do so. The costs of ill-health in the working age population are not only borne by the health, social and welfare systems, but also in terms of national productivity, and by individuals and their families. An ageing population, higher retirement age, and increased chronic illness mean the workforce health challenge issue is likely to grow.

‘Investing in a Workforce Fit for the Future’ sets out the workforce health policy challenge to government. Based on the four white papers produced by the Health at Work Policy Unit in the last year, we outline four policy challenges and current gaps in policy, before making recommendations for government action.

The four challenges are:

  • Incentivising employers to take action
  • Supporting individuals with long-term conditions
  • Driving action at a local level
  • Supporting older workers with health problems

http://www.theworkfoundation.com/Reports/388/Investing-in-a-Workforce-Fit-for-the-Future

Sickness Absence

Annually the average sickness absence is 3.5% (8 days per employee) and the average cost of absence per employee is estimated at £666.  If you employ 100 people sickness absence is costing your business £66,000 each year.  (CIPD Employee Absence, July 2008). 

Success Story

My name is Tony King and I'm part of the Maintenance Team at YMCA Cornwall.  When I first started working here, I spotted the Cycle to Work Scheme on a poster so I thought I would enquire about it.

It's very easy to set up; you can get up to £1000 which covers the cost of the bike, a lock, helmet and lights.  All you had to do was go to the bike shop and choose your bike.

Since getting my bike, I've now been cycling for the past 18 months from Hayle (to Penzance) which is 11 miles.  I feel fitter, I've lost weight and it has got me into cycling having been cycling in France and Belgium.  Next year I'm going cycling in Holland.

All in all, it's a good scheme and I would highly recommend it.

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